While Hollywood’s penchant for incessantly remaking the horror classics of the past really kicked into high gear in the early 2000s, remakes were of course always a reality of the genre. Case in point is 1999’s remake of House on Haunted Hill, which I love.
Now, I would never claim that Haunted Hill ’99 is better than the 1959 Vincent Price original. Price was truly a god among men, and the option with him involved is always going to be the better one. Still, the 1999 rendition is just plain fun.
At this stage in the Blu-Ray life cycle, one would think that just about every mainstream horror film would have hit the format by now, but that is actually far from true. In recent years, Scream Factory has commendably seen fit to fill in many of these gaps.
House on Haunted Hill will be their latest release of a film never before seen on HD disc, replacing the ancient DVD release from Warner Bros. Extras from that release are being ported over, new ones are being created, and a new film transfer will also be present.
For those unfamiliar, Haunted Hill centers on a group of strangers invited to an abandoned asylum by rich jerk Steven Price (Geoffrey Rush). If they survive the night, they get $1 million, but nobody is counting on the very real murderous spirits inhabiting the building.
House on Haunted Hill hits Blu-Ray on October 9th. The film is populated by a gaggle of 90s notables, including Rush, Famke Janssen, Ali Larter, Taye Diggs, Bridgette Wilson, Peter Gallagher, and James Marsters. Jeffrey “Re-Animator” Combs also shows up.